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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,890 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,890
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 184
Gots: 177 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
9 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of twelvsies
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Heard a lot of good things about this one and all the hype was right. Amazing brew. Appears a dark dark dark brown, not quite black, with a little brown head that slowly fades out. Smells roasty and malty with a bit of bitterness thrown in. Burning tar sort of? That's a good thing by the way. This is the hoppiest stout I've ever had for sure. Not to say that it isn't malty, because it definately is. Roasted toasted malts galore, espresso bean flavor, not too sweet, just how I like it. And the best thing is, it has a super bitter hoppy kick to it in the end and a very dry finish. I don't think I've really experienced that in a stout before. Leave it to Rogue. Bunch of inovators...

twelvsies, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of rousee
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours very black-forms a tan head which disappears fast. Some lace is left on the glass.

S- dark roasted malt with some bitterness. You can pick up some moderately strong phenols as well--surprising for a 6% ABV.

T-maybe I am not into Rogue cuz I don't think this is anything special at all. It has your standard micro/brewpub stout taste -- kind of rich and roasty--some coffee/chocolate bitterness again nothing too out of the ordinary.

MF-dry mouthfeel. I like a little more creaminess and fluffiness in a stout.

D- very average. I doubt I will buy this again.

rousee, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours an extremely dark black with a tremendous, frothy chocolate head.

Smell: Smells strong and powerful, almost like coffee. The alcohol presence is a bit alarming considering the 6% ABV.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Suprisinly robust for such a "small" stout. The flavors are potent and powerful, leaving a great aftertaste that lingers for a while. Truly how a stout should taste. The mouthfeel is smooth and full.

Drinkability and Overall: Classic stout. Everything you want and need in a stout is available in this beer. Strong, yet highly drinkable. One of the best. Rogue has, once again, outdone themselves.

santoslhalper, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of Hunter
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Gave it a few minutes to warm a bit before opening.

Appearance: Pours a vicous black, with cascading tan bubbles forming a substantial head thick enough to stand a coin on it. Not even the strongest light penetrates this mysterious brew. An intimidating pour.

Smell: Subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark barley. Just as mysterious. I expected to be bludgeoned by the aroma, and instead it just entices.

Taste: Wow. Just...wow. Dark notes of black coffee, mocha, and smoke. There is bitterness there, but it is tempered by a velvet smoothness. finishes much cleaner than one expects of the style. No cloying bitterness or lingering aftertaste. Lovely.

Mouthfeel: Silky.

Drinkability: Like a fine port or steak, this is not something I'd drink every day. It's just too fine and rich a brew. This is what stout should be. I can't imagine why I waited as long as I did trying it.

Hunter, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black color, with a light brown, rocky head. Head retention is okay, but not great.

Smell - I tend to think about expresso when I smell this beer. The roasty smell matches up with the flavor.

Taste - The label says it all: "an earthy flavor that comes from oats, and a mellow chocolate aftertaste." Delicious, although "earthy" is not the first thought than came to mind. "Roasty" and "coffee-like" are how I would describe it. It is also well-balanced; the malty roastiness is not cloying, and the hops are able to express themselves a little bit. The aftertaste is strong, again reminiscent of a fine coffee.

Mouthfeel - Nice and thick, the way stout ought to be. Everything about the mouthfeel is stout.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable. This stuff goes down oh so easily, and I keep wanting more.

Comments - If you have friends that don't like "dark beers," get them to try this one. The flavor is complex, but not something that should scare off new craft beer drinkers. On second thought, "earthy" desribes this beer very well.

mgdeth, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is inky-black with brown highlights, no light transmission, and a brown head that fades too quickly into just a ring (lost points for that). Aroma is strong, dark and sweet, malty with hints of sorghum.

Taste is roasty, very dark patent malt but rather dry instead of sweet. Some elements of espresso, baking cocoa and molasses among some respectable bitterness for a stout. Bit of an unusual tang of dark fruits, maybe raisins or prunes, and now that I read other reviews, the rich oaty taste becomes evident.

Body is not thin but the mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected. Probably keeps its drinkability higher, though, as anything thicker would cause that number to fall. Tons of flavor, an excellent example of a very good dry stout that certainly beats the pants off a Guinness.

assurbanipaul, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
2.38/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Being a big fan of stouts, I was so happy to pick up a bottle of what seemed to be one of the highest rated stouts on BA. To this point, my two favorite stouts are Brooklyn Black Chocolate and Mackesons. So I was hoping to add a new one to my list.

The beer poured a dark thick almost black color with a reddish head... looked very good and made me anxious to taste. Hardly any aroma though... seemed very strange. Now for the taste... burnt, bitter and hoppy. Burnt like the way Starbucks overroasts their coffee beans. Hoppy... I've never had a stout with so much hops presence... not very typical of the style in my opinion. Bitter... this lingering bitterness in my mouth that I typically get from those over-the-top IPAs.

Just not my cup of tea... or mug of stout...

apintofknowledge, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black has a one finger head with good retention and some thick lacing. The aroma is of chocolate malt with hints of pine. The flavor is malty chocolate,coffee,caramel come through with a little bit of grassy hops in the finish. This beer is full bodied and highly carbonated.

Reflection: This is another good stout from Rogue but it can't compete with their Imperial.

Kookiekwan, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep opaque black color with a firm chocolate head about a half inch high that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aromas consist of a mix of cocoa and coffee along with additional roastiness and just a hint of oats. There is also just a touch of hops in the nose which really makes this brew smell quite nice. Flavors start off with a nice smack of roastiness and chocolate with hints of oats in the mix. There is a really creamy mouthfeel to this brew with a nice chewy body to it. Following there are notes of coffee and just a hint of astringency from the malts, but it is mostly subdued due to the nice additions of oats. The finish is hoppy and chocolatey with just enough bitterness that makes this brew perfectly balanced. I'm not sure if stouts get much better than this.

bigbeerdrinka, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first Shakespeare Stout. The beer pours a jet black color with a small dark tan head that sits just over the top of he liquid. The nose is very roasted, with coffee coming through most dominant and a sweet chocolate in the background. Its not quite as strong in the nose as I would want. The flavor is really nice. A nice bittersweet chocolate moves to a sweeter candy chocolate, finally finishing with a really nice coffee bitter. Wow. This is a nice stout. The feel is a shade above moderate, with just a slight creamyness, but with an overall smoothness that is very enjoyable. This beer is disappearing very quickly from my glass, so how can drinkability be anything but good on this one. This is keeping me company while my wife and my family are at a movie that I didn't want to see. I'd trade the movie for this beer any day.

kmpitz2, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of Crotor
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours motor-oil black with a *dark* tan, reddish head, ample and dimpled (though with large bubbles).

Stong aroma of roasted malts and Cascade hops - those two elements are so overpowering that I can't pick up anything else.

The taste is quite shocking. There's the big, dry roastiness - that was to be expected. There's also the substantial mouthfeel and earthy creaminess from the oats - expected that too. There's also plenty of chocolate and highly-caramelized toffee-type flavors. However, this beer also packs a wollop of 69 Cascade-induced IBUs. That's IPA range. Hot damn, this is decidedly American, and quite visionary. Why'd it take me so long to return to this beer? My only complaint would be that the sheer intensity of the roasted malt and hop flavors make it slightly-less than supremely drinkable.

Crotor, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a somewhat small tan/light brown head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass but a wonderful deep black abyss of a color.

Aroma is mostly raosted coffeee with hints of chocolate and a slight floral hop bouquet.

Again the taste is mostly coffee with underlying chocolate tones. A great balance between roasted.toasted malts and apparent but not overpowering hop finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and chewy, plenty of body to this one. Good carbonation level for a bottled stout.

Overall a wonderful stout, great winter beer by the fire.

Wolfsdenbrew, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of koolk
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

US Trip Aug-Nov 04

A very deep almost jet black colour with a dark brown/tan head. Good slow carbonation.

This is without a doubt one of the best smelling stouts I've ever come across. Rich chocolate and coffee malt aromas mingle beautifully with some piney hops, that also have some tight floral notes to them as well.

The palate is insainly espresso and burnt/toast flavours, with a strong hoppy kick in the back. Brilliant mouthfeel with a roundness that counters the almost tart dryness of this brew. A top notch stout worth pondering existence over. Drink slowly and enjoy.

This was my last bottle of Rogue on my trip and boy was she a killer, the pick of the lot of the Rogue stable which is saying alot as these guys were one of my favourite overall breweries during my stay (and who knows, if I tried more of their brews they might be outright first)

koolk, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of tatterdash
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a mocha-brown head, hints of violet are seen on the edges of the glass. Aroma was a little faint at first, milk chocolate, roasted malt, it got stronger as it warmed. Taste was very complex, roasted malts, coffee, burnt toast with a lingering dry finish. Had an almost dank basement-like taste. Mouthfeel was smooth, and less heavy than expected. It is definitely good, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the Imperial Stout.

tatterdash, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice stout. Dark as night when served, some cola colored highlights. Low head. Chocolate in the aroma. Taste I found to be chocolate to start, roasted coffee bean to finish. Easy to drink, nicely balanced, good flavor. I enjoyed this brew, even though stouts aren't my favorite style.

PatandDavid, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of dgallina
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle

Pours a nearly-solid syrupy black with creamy tan head and light to moderate lace. The aroma is sweet toasted coffee and carmel malts with some underlying hop flower sharpness. Flavor starts with caramel malts which develop into very deep burnt bread with fairly restrained balancing hop finish. Leaves a *very* long bitter chocolate and burnt toast after-taste. Extremely clean and appetizing flavor. Chewy, creamy, and substantial medium-heavy body, yet very clean and drinkable.

I found the bottled version significantly more interesting than what I've tried on-tap. The draft is smoother and creamier in body, but the bottled has more robust flavor and smell and better overall balance IMHO.

dgallina, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times and finally decided to review it. It looks great: super black with a very foamy brown head when poured vigorously.

It smells sweet with coffee notes and other roasted malt aromas.

The flavor is smooth and toasted, with a bit of dryness. There's also a nice cream-like quality.

Thanks to the oats, the body is glassy.

This stout, one of Rogue's original brews, is very good and well worth looking for. This beer also shows that Rogue can make great beers that aren't hop bombs.

Shaw, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh Shakespeare Stout...I've been waiting awhile to try this one. Pours from the bomber a thick old motor oil black with a beautiful dark tan head. This brew is night. Roasted oats, molasses and cocoa waft up into my nose from the glass. Spicy citrus hop undertones as well...nose candy.

The first sip ignites with roasted, even a bit smoky oat tones rolled up with bitersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, raisins and just a slight hint of bitter citric hoppiness. Nirvana in a glass...simply stout-tastic.

Mouthfeel is creamy, lush and full. Shakespeare commands you to drink! Drinkability is marvelous as well. Can there be a reason to stop drinking this....I didn't think so. One of the best straight up stouts I've yet to have...props to Rogue. Highly recommended...a brew to be reckoned with.

orbitalr0x, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of kosmoraios
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a tan head that dissipates after a few moments, leaving a bit of lace on the glass.
The aroma is not overpowering, and has hints of pumpernickel bread, dark rye perhaps, chocolate, and a tinge of grapefruit.
The taste is excellent. Nice and smooth, with deep toasted hops and chocolate, and a bit of citrus. Almost a hint of good coffee. The hops and yeast give that perfectly balanced bitterness that I so enjoy in a stout.
Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with ample carbonation, and a bit of bite from the hops. It is quite drinkable, as it doesn't have an extraordinary ABV%. This ale is highly recommended by me for an American stout. I generally enjoy most of Rogue's offerings, though.

kosmoraios, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a tan head that quickly dies off but leaves some lacing on the glass. An aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a slight trace of alcohol. Very balanced flavor. Very malty with a strong coffee character and slight chocolate character. This is a very well made beer and I'll probably have it again soon.

clvand0, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of kindestcut
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh.my.God.

I wish I could end my review right there. Instead, I'll tell you why I loved this beer so much.

The Rogue Shakespeare Stout poured a deep, dark black...like the Congo at night. The head is very lively, a brown cloud that rises and falls rather quickly.

The aroma is lovely, dominated by a strong presence of roasted barley, malt and a hint of hops. It is not an overly strong nose but it is a pleasant sign of things to come.

The taste is nothing short of exceptional. This is everything a stout should be. There is a wonderful blend of flavors, each easy to find in the forest of this bottle. Coffee (actually more like a very good espresso), a hint of chocolate, sweet malt (in the tradition of a malted milkshake) and trailing hops make this a delicious beer.

This stout goes down smoothly and begs for another when you are done. Damn, I wish these were sold in 6-packs!

So far, the Rogue Shakespeare Stout is my favorite American stout...no, it's my favorite stout. Period.

kindestcut, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***300th Beer review***

Label Lore: Double labeled 12 oz’er. With a “World Stout Champion” stamp.

Huge gargantuan head pour that left two inches of brew foam from four inches of foam in me pint. As more brew pours, a volcano like brown shape is left in the head. Well, five minutes later this thing is poured. Poerfection in appearance, all the way, without a doubt. Pours as black brown as used motor oil from a ’71 Buick.

Scents of malts hit me from here. Citrous hints, most likely due to this behemoth pour.

First Swigs: Deep chocolate cake, dark chocolate and baker’s chocolate. A citrous lemon lime peel hop (cascade?) Background fronts the finish that quickly lingers off to sweet astringent citrous and pancake batter.

About as full bodied as full bodied gets. Foamy frothy filliong.

Last Swigs: Lime citrous, & dark chocolate. Hmmm…better than that sounds. Thanks to BA Buckeyenation for the bottle. Wish there were more to compare. Reminds me much-ly of Victory Storm King. #2 in style currently with 398 reviews. More than any other. This is debateably the best damn beer availible period due to at least some availibility factors. Damn good!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great beer from Rogue, I haven't gone wrong with them yet. Shakespeare Stout pours the color of coffee with an average-sized, medium brown head. The aroma is very inviting, a nice mixture of roasted chocolate and hops. Taste is initially hoppy with some tongue-tingling action. Sip finishes with a mixture of roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. These elements come together nicely and equal a balanced beer. My only complaint is that I wish the chocolate taste was more assertive. Great beer, however, too heavy for long sessions.

Gagnonsux, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of beerceller99
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle pours a used diesel motor oil black with a brown head. Smells of dark roasted malts and burnt chocolate. Has a nice n' thick, chewy mouthfeel. The taste is of toasted, almost burnt malts with a chocolatey undertone. Finishes with a slightly burnt grain bitterness on the tongue.
A stout lovers stout for sure.

beerceller99, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of etaggie09
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: jet black with a quickly diminishing coffee brown head. good lacing.

Aroma: Roasty aroma with some malt and a very faint alcoholic smell.

Taste: roasted coffee bean. nice and bitter. full with a nice malt with a minimal hop profile. Balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: nice and full with a moderate body and moderate carbonation. wonderfully bitter, dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer that I loved having after dinner.

Notes: Oh yeah this is a great example of an American Stout. Nearly flawless.

etaggie09, Oct 11, 2004
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,890 ratings.